Coffee has many benefits other than just helping you wake up in the morning and starting your day on the right note. Although that benefit alone might be the biggest reason why you drink coffee, scientists are finding a lot of positive health benefits that result in drinking coffee. So, without further adieu, here are 45 benefits of drinking coffee backed by scientific studies!
Could Reduce Depression
Studies have concluded drinking caffeinated coffee can be linked to a decreased risk of developing depression. This is thought largely in part to the positive neurological effects of caffeine that contribute to helping the body naturally produce more dopamine.
Could Reduce Risk of Mouth and Throat Cancers
Could Improve Blood Circulation
Research has found that caffeine could improve your blood circulation. In a study, it was found that coffee significantly improved blood circulation in the fingers of test subjects. Measuring blood flow in people’s fingers is an indicator of how well the body’s smaller blood vessels are functioning.
Could Reduce the Risk of Liver Cancer
Makes You Feel Happier
Caffeine triggers neurological effects in the brain that contribute to the production of dopamine and an increase in feeling more awake which overall contributes to coffee making you feel happier.
Lower Risk of Getting Type 2 Diabetes
Could Lower the Risk of Stroke
Studies have found that for women drinking at least one cup of coffee a day is associated with a lower risk of stroke. Some studies have that women who drink coffee every day have a lower risk of stroke of as much as 20%.
Reduced Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
May Reduce the Risk of Developing Melanoma
Reduce Risk of Developing Alzheimer's
Increased Reaction Time
Coffee can get your body moving and studies are finding it can increase your reaction time. This can be especially beneficial if you are driving early in the morning where you’ll need to quickly react to anything on the road.
It Could Contribute Living Longer
May Lower Belly Fat in Women
A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found a correlation between women who drink two to three cups of coffee a day tend to have lower abdominal fat compared to women who drink less than two cups of coffee a day.
Could Decrease Risk of Breast Cancer
A study from 2011 has found that people who drink coffee have a reduced risk of breast cancer. Although there are other lifestyle factors that contribute to a reduced risk of breast cancer, researchers found that there was a correlation between coffee drinkers and lower instances of breast cancer compared to those who don’t drink coffee.
Improves Athletic Endurance
Coffee Can Improve Teamwork
A study done by Ohio State University in 2018 found that the test group that drank coffee before working with the test group gave more positive reviews of their group’s performance and their performance on a task compared to those who did not. Another study found that those who drank coffee beforehand also talked more and were more on-topic. Which resulted in more teamwork and better work performance.
May Help Prevent Cavities
The American Chemical Society published a study suggesting that black coffee might help prevent cavities due to roasted coffee beans containing antibacterial activities that work against specific microorganisms that cause cavities.
May Protect You From Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Coffee May Prevent Gallstones
According to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine drinking more coffee may help reduce the risk of developing gallstones. Out of 104,493 individuals tested, those who drank more than six cups of coffee a day had a 23% lower risk of developing gallstones compared to individuals who did not drink coffee. The study also concluded drinking just one extra cup of coffee a day was associated with a 3% lower risk.
Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer
Protects Your Heart
A recent study has found that consuming the amount of caffeine found in four cups of coffee can promote the movement of a regulatory protein into mitochondria which enhances their function and protects cardiovascular cells from getting damaged and protecting your heart.
Could Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
The American Academy of Neurology published a study concluding that people who did not drink coffee were at about one and a half times more likely to develop MS compared to people who drank at least four cups of coffee a day.
May Help Prevent Retinal Damage
A study done by Cornell University concluded that due to coffee containing 7-9% of a strong antioxidant called chlorogenic acid that helps prevent retinal degeneration in mice, drinking coffee may be effective in preventing retinal damage in humans. Scientists know that chlorogenic acid can be absorbed in the human digestive system and plan to study the positive effects it may have on human eyes in future studies.
Could Contribute to an Increase Muscular Strength and Power When Exercising
Coffee contains a ton of antioxidants that are known to reduce inflammation which ultimately helps fight off common diseases your body may encounter.
Can Improve Lung Function
Can Up Your Fiber Intake
Coffee can contain an average of about 1.8 grams of fiber and it’s recommended you consume 20-38 grams of fiber a day.
Could Decrease Headaches
A study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that caffeine could help decrease headaches. Caffeine is found in medicines to treat headaches, however, studies have also found that caffeine could trigger headaches depending on how much caffeine you drink and how your body reacts to caffeine.
May Help Reduce Pain
Studies have found that caffeine may reduce pain sensitivity in mice, which could be promising for future studies to find a link between a reduction in pain for humans although it may be difficult to test.
Coffee Can Lower the Risk of Suicide
Can Help Prevent Gout
Caffeine acts as a stimulant to your body and thus contributes to a boost in energy.
Could Boost Libido in Women
Researchers from Southwestern University found that caffeine consumption increased the libido (a.k.a. sex drive) in female rats. The caffeine stimulated the brain that regulates sexual arousal. However, humans would have to drink around 10 cups of coffee to have the same effect.
Can Aid in Digestion
Caffeine can stimulate hormones to push food through your gut. It can also raise levels of gastrin which makes your colon more active.
Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
Could Help With Erectile Dysfunction
Makes You Smarter
Could Reduce the Risk of Chronic Disease
Coffee is rich in many antioxidants, specifically chlorogenic acid, which has been linked by scientists as lowering blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and triglyceride. Other antioxidants found in coffee have also been linked to lowering the risk of other chronic diseases like certain cancers and heart disease.
Reduced Risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Increases the Ability to Solve Problems Requiring Reasoning
Reduce risk of Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
Researchers have found that women who drink four or more cups per day are 25% less likely to develop endometrial cancer compared to women who drink only one cup a day, and 30% less likely than women who don’t drink any coffee. They also found that decaffeinated coffee was just as effective as caffeinated.
Could Help You Recover From Your Workout Faster
A study published in the Journal of Strength Conditioning and Research concluded that those who consumed caffeine an hour before strength training had significantly less muscle soreness than those who did not consume caffeine.
Drinking coffee can have a ton of health benefits and can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you didn’t already have a good reason to drink multiple cups of coffee a day, we hope you may have found one or two in this article!